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Hilarity Bites Comedy Club feat. Mark Nelson, Sam Gore, and host Rob Mulholland
Award-winning stand-up Mark Nelson’s mix of dark humour, cutting observations and superb one-liners has seen him firmly established as one of the UK’s biggest-hitting comedy powerhouses.
With a likeably disarming manner on stage belying some of the stronger content, Nelson often has audiences laughing at things they know they really shouldn’t be laughing at. An MA degree in Politics from Glasgow University supports his brilliantly topical writing and, although his stand-up is certainly not for the easily offended, the material is intelligent, well conceived and beautifully crafted, all supported by a very confident delivery.
Nelson’s considerable writing and broadcasting talent is being well recognised in addition to his stand-up. He supplied material for Jason Manford’s A Funny Old Week and three series of Russell Howard’s Good News. He also wrote and performed sketches, topical stand-up and co-hosted (with Susan Calman) BBC Scotland’s 2014 Commonwealth Games satirical comedy series Don’t Drop The Baton.
More recently, Nelson has appeared on the BBC’s The One Show, BBC Three’s Comedy Marathon and BBC Scotland’s Comedy Underground, and Bad Influencer. In 2017, he was flown to Australia to tape a set at the Sydney Opera House for the Just For Laughs comedy festival.
Widely recognised as a superb stand-up, including being frequently nominated and frequent winner of the annual Best Headliner gong at the annual Scottish Comedy Awards, Nelson has no gimmicks, relies on no frills—his work is just consistently top-quality comedy, pure unadulterated stand-up of the highest order.
“Mark Nelson possesses a talent that is simply obscene … A remarkably accomplished stage manner with wonderfully crafted gags” - The List
“A remarkably accomplished stage presence… blistering material which pushes dangerously near the boundaries of good taste.” - The Sunday Times
“A viciously sharp sense of timing” - Metro
A confident and original young act with a brilliant command of language, Sam’s been wowing crowds and rapidly climbing the comedy ladder. Having cemented his position as one of the best new performers on the circuit with no less than five New Act of the Year titles (including the Hilarity Bites title in 2008), he’s gone on to impress everywhere from weekend clubs to music festivals, biker rallies and theatres.
Sam made his solo debut at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015, winning plaudits from audiences for his show "The Cryptid Crossword", whilst also appearing in the highly regarded AAA Comedy showcase at The Pleasance. In 2010 Sam appeared in the double-header show A Calculated Risk as part of the Free Festival. In 2011 he returned to the Fringe as part of the Amused Moose Laugh-Off showcase, having won his way through to the final of that competition as well. Sam is also a hugely accomplished writer, plying his trade on shows such as Russell Howard's Good News and Chris Addison's Show & Tell.
“The jokes are as cruel as they are funny, i.e. very... a class act indeed” - Chortle
“Superbly crafted gags that showcase a vivid use of imagery and language... great wordplay, refreshing honesty and a wonderfully dark view of life” - Giggle Beats
One of the fastest rising comedians on the circuit, Rob Mulholland fell into comedy after finding a flyer looking for acts to appear at Harrogate Comedy Festival on the ground outside his front door. In the two years since, he has clocked up a huge amount of gigs all over the country ranging from tiny pubs to massive theatres (even performing to 2,000 bikers at an outdoor festival!), and can now be seen most weekends in some of the biggest comedy clubs in the country.
Just as at home as an act or compere, Rob mixes cheeky audience banter with his intricately woven, gag-packed stories; adding a touch of the absurd to his askance glance at everyday life. Rob is 17 feet tall, made of steel and can jump over a mini cooper from a standing start.
Rob won the Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year crown in 2015, and after finishing runner-up in the following year’s Great Yorkshire Fringe New Act of the Year competition has awarded himself the title of "Yorkshire’s Funniest Non-Musical Comedian". He was one half of the anarchic, late-night, yurt-based show #BlurredMinds at the 2015 Edinburgh festival and premiered his first solo show ‘Champion of Comedy’ at the Leicester Comedy Festival in 2016.
“Very, very tall and equally as talented” - Time Out
“Great delivery and a confident swagger... A riot” - Lancashire Evening Telegraph
“Perfect delivery... had the audience bursting into spontaneous applause” - York Press
This show will also feature a newer act in the middle.
Note: Line-ups are subject to change in extreme, and unavoidable, circumstances.
Show may contain strong language and adult themes.
Doors open: 7:30pm
Show starts: 8pm
Tickets for this show are £8 in advance, or £10 on the door, and can be bought online at www.bishopaucklandtownhall.org.uk, in person from Bishop Auckland Town Hall, or telephone 03000 269 524.